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Oneiromance (an Epithalamion)

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Poetry. Winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, Kathleen Rooney's ONEIROMANCE (AN EPITHALAMION) explores the absurdity and divinity of the marriage ceremony through a dizzying dream sequence with playful verse that skillfully blends call and response with Shakespearean odes, romance and cynicism, story-telling and wordplay. Patty Seyburn proclaims: "These poems contain deep dou ...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by Switchback Books
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Lissa Kiernan
Dec 14, 2008 Lissa Kiernan rated it it was amazing
In ancient Greece, an epithalamion (also spelled epithalamium) was composed and sung by a young chorus to accompany a betrothed couple in a procession from the bride's present house to her future home. In the hands of poets like Sappho and Pindar, it was developed into a poetic form, and in 1595 Edmund Spencer set the gold standard with his Amoretti And Epithalamion, a tour-de-force of 89 sonnets and a 433 line epithalamion, written for his intended wife, Elizabeth Boyle.

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Nov 30, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read poetry or anyone recently married
I love what Kathy Rooney did in this epithalamic little book of BIG poems. By big, I mean loaded with complex ideas, emotions, and unique use of language. Some ideas and references were admittedly over my head, but anyone can enjoy such language as "Fireworks flash: / heated needles stitching lines, / connecting dots of constellations." While I love the poems that are "dreamed" in Brazil, I appreciated more the Niagra Falls section, which allows Rooney to make full use of her metaphors and cleve ...more
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Dec 06, 2008 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This slim collection by Kathleen Rooney navigates the terrain of marriage in some fresh and multifaceted ways. Marriage ceremonies and honeymoon dreams and other coupling scenes evoke some of the questions and doubts and strange standards associated with the contemporary wedding industry, forever partnership, commitment and love from the perspective of brides and grooms and family and a larger cultural context. Quirky microcosms intersect with bigger pictures—individual insecurities interact wit ...more
Nov 29, 2008 Rusty rated it it was amazing
You can gather all you need to about this book in the prologue (well, almost).

 When I say Marriage
You say Run!
Marriage! Run!
Marriage! Run!

All the doubt, all the strangeness, all the sudden humor of marriage is here in these poems: read "Midwestern Dream #3" to see what I mean. Or hell, just pick a poem anywhere. This is poetry of many moods, all of them whip-smart and funny. Kathleen Rooney is a crack poet, formidable as all hell. I'm jealous. I dig her stuff.
Apr 26, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: po-eh-tree
so many beautifully intricate surprises in her poetry.
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Oh that's right Kathy, I'm reading your book.
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Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, including prose poetry, image-and-text collaborations, novels-in-verse and flash fiction. She is also a founding member of the typewriter poetry collective Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand in an effort to provide the ...more
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